Back Society » Tech » Vietnamese News Sites Targeted by Hackers

Vietnamese News Sites Targeted by Hackers

As some may have noticed, over the past two weeks, many Vietnamese news sites have been slow or inaccessible. Hacker Vietnam Online (HVA) has announced that they have found the source of the constant stream of denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

According to HVA’s Facebook page, while the attacks have ceased, a resumption of digital hostilities is imminent, “Even though the servers currently remain inactive, that they will be reactivated is certain.”

DDoS attacks, popularized by the hacker collective, Anonymous, constantly send requests to the target server with the purpose of overloading and, in turn, shutting down websites. Such attacks are typically performed by a number of computers, working together to create a botnet – think zombie army.

Tuoi Tre is reporting that the DDos attacks shut down its online editions - Tuoi Tre News, Tuoi Tre Online, Tuoi Tre Mobile and Tuoi Tre TV - as well as several other Vietnamese newswires including Vietnamnet, Dan Tri, and Kenh14.

HVA warns that this is just the beginning and the sites should expect a resumption of hostilities in the future, “The victims should strengthen their Internet infrastructure as well as human resources to be well-prepared for future attacks.”

Nguyen Hong Phuc, a member of HVA, speaking to VietnamPlus, said that the Vietnamese online community helped determine the origin of the attacks.

While the motives are unclear, HVA has traced some of the attacks back to a Germany company and have contacted them to report the malicious activity on their servers.

[Tuoi Tre]

Related Articles

in Tech

‘Flappy Bird’ Maker Ranked One of the World’s Most Influential App Developers

He’s probably sitting in his room, cursing them for it, but Dong Nguyen of ‘Flappy Bird’ fame has made Business Insider’s list of “the world’s 11 most influential people working in apps.”

in Tech

"Fucking Ugly" Websites Plague Vietnam

Design is subjective; ‘good’ design changes by region, city and individual. Design elements that may seem antiquated to one, may be fresh or reinvented by another so we try not to judge - except when ...

in Tech

$1 Billion High-Tech Park Proposed for HCMC

As part of the continuing effort to modernize Vietnam’s workforce, authorities are reviewing a proposal for a massive science and technology park in HCMC.

in Tech

$110m Pledged for Vietnamese Startups

It looks like Vietnamese startups are about to get a boost in funding. The Ministry of Science and Technology has announced a $110 million program called FIRST, designed to breathe financial life into...

in Tech

$189m Plan to Give 300,000 HCMC Students Tablets Draws Criticism

Last week the HCMC Department of Education proposed a plan to equip 300,000 primary students with tablets for the coming school year, reports Thanh Nien. With a pricetag of VND3 million – VND 5 m...

in Tech

'Flappy Bird' Creator To Release New Game Tomorrow

Well, Nguyen Ha Dong, the Vietnamese app developer who at one point was pulling in $55,000 per day, is officially back in the spotlight. After releasing a new version of ‘Flappy Bird’ earlier this mon...

Partner Content